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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - The Draft Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill »We are committed to ensuring that out-of-control and dangerous dogs are dealt with effectively.Learn more »
Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
Health Minister Mark Drakeford has given a clear message to NHS managers to take action in response to the recent NHS Wales staff survey
- Minister supports International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
- Porth Eirias set to be major North Wales attraction
- Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
National minimum standards for regulated child care »These standards determine whether child minding and day care settings are providing adequate care for children under the age of 8.Learn more »
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Repealing air quality ‘Further Assessments’ from Part IV of the Environment Act 1995
- Equality Impact Assessment of the 2014-2020 Rural Development Plan for Wales
- Consultation on the Equality Impact Assessments for the 2014-2020 Structural Funds Programmes in Wales
- Development of a national standards and outcomes framework for Children and Young People's advocacy services in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Solar Photovoltaics (Solar PV)
How solar PV works
Each solar cell is made from one or two layers of semiconducting material, such as silicon. When solar energy (photons) reaches each cell, it creates an electric field across the layers. The stronger the sunlight, the more electricity is produced, but solar PV can also generate energy in overcast conditions. The strength of a PV cell is measured in kilowatt peak (kWp) This is the amount of energy the cell generates in direct sunlight.
The benefits of solar PV electricity are:
- Lowers carbon emissions: solar PV electricity is renewable once its installation’s carbon payback time is accounted for. This is the amount of time it takes to produce the amount of energy that was needed to create the system;
- Lower fuel bills: electricity bills could be reduced by as much as £250 per year. A typical home PV system can produce almost half of the electricity needed for an average household in a year;
- Can export electricity back to the Grid: if the system is producing more electricity than needed, or when householder is not at home, someone else can use it, by exporting it by a private wire or to the Grid; and
- Energy storage options: if a home is not connected to the grid, excess electricity can be stored in batteries.
Solar PV certification
At micro-level under 50kW, there are Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) standards for solar PV installer companies and products. MCS installers and products are mandatory for feed-in tariffs (FITs) and installer companies must belong to a consumer code of practice. It is also possible to complain through MCS. Currently, there are no certification schemes equivalent to MCS. But if there were, they would also have access to FITs.
The Microgeneration Certification Scheme website has more information.
There is more information about installers and MCS on our Welsh Microgeneration Network page on the left.
There are no Government grants available for solar PV.
Getting planning permission
Getting planning permission can be a barrier to householders wishing to install microgeneration technologies. You need to consult your local authority if you want to install any microgeneration technologies.
Visit the Planning Portal to find out who to speak to in your local planning authority.
We have produced a set of leaflets called Generating Your Own Renewable Energy: A Planning Guide. These leaflets can help householders, communities and businesses who want to generate their own renewable energy. They provide information on what should be considered when installing a renewable energy technology, planning regulations and ways to reduce any impacts. These leaflets are available under the related links on the right
Help if you want to generate your own energy
For more information on generating your own energy, see the Energy Saving Trust's energy generation pages or call the Energy Saving Trust’s advice line on Tel 0800 512 012.
Our ‘Improving your home: a climate change” guide also contains useful advice. This can be seen under the related links on the right.
A “home energy selector” which advises on the suitability of a particular property for various technologies is available on the Generate your Own Energy pages of the Energy Saving Trust's website.
For MCS certified installer and products, visit the microgeneration certification website.
MCS installer companies are able to give consumers advice on specific products and impartial advice on the suitability of individual technologies. They are required under MCS standards to give accurate written estimates of likely energy outputs from a technology.